Things to see and do at Alfriston Clergy House

Front of Alfriston clergy house

Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, described Alfriston Clergy House as 'Rich in memories of England as our ancestors knew' in 1895. A year later, the house became the first building saved by the National Trust. See this 650 year old timber-framed house today, set in an idyllic cottage garden.

The house

Discover 650 years of history at Alfriston Clergy House from its modest medieval beginning, built by a yeoman farmer, to its threat of demolition in the 1800s. Can you imagine the medieval family enjoying a meal in the hall?

The garden

The cottage garden features an orchard, vegetable garden and a delightful rose terrace.
The roses in the borders have been chosen for their perfume and are underplanted with campanulas, herbaceous geraniums and other cottage favourites.

Our collection

Explore our small collection of furniture and amphora at the Clergy House – discover our collection online.

Don't miss

  • Our timeline telling the 650-year-old story of the house
  • The chalk and sour milk floor in the hall
  • The oakleaf carving. Was this the inspiration for our emblem?
  • Our new thatch

Raising the roof

A rare form of thatch moss was found on the eastern hip of the roof and so renewing the thatching here was delayed for several years. Finally in January 2013  the job was completed.
Thanks to donations from National Trust associations, members and our own volunteers, the work was able to take place and lasted two weeks.
Master Thatcher Roger Evans worked through the rain, wind and snow to get the job done ready for all to admire as we opened for the new season.

Make the most of your visit

We're situated in the historic village of Alfriston. Nestling in the valley of the Cuckmere River on the South Downs Way, Alfriston is full of charm and it's a perfect place to shop and eat. (Not NT.) Find out more on the Alfriston village website.